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WTM International Travel & Tourism Awards confirmed for 2019


Following a successful inaugural event, The International Travel & Tourism Awards (ITTAs) will return in 2019 celebrating excellence in the travel and tourism industry in a brand-new venue.

The ITTAs will take place on the evening of Tuesday 5 November during the week of WTM London (Monday 4 – Wednesday 6 November).

After a phenomenal first year which saw the likes of Canary Islands Tourism, VisitFlanders, Turismo do Centro de Portugal and Air Canada walk away with gold awards in front of an audience of 500 senior industry professionals, the second event will again recognize the success of national, regional and city tourist boards as well as outstanding private sector companies and individuals.

This year’s Awards are being held at Magazine London, a brand new modern event space for the capital, the largest of its kind in London. Magazine London offers the ITTAs the space to grow and attract an even larger audience. The new location is also just a stone’s throw away from ExCeL – London, making it quick and easy for WTM London delegates to travel to the ITTAs.

Following feedback a new award for Best Attraction has been added to the categories. Other categories include Best Tourism Board Campaign, Most innovative use of technology, Best Agency for Tourism Marketing, Best Regional Campaign, Best City Campaign, Best Digital Strategy in Tourism, Best Digital Influencer Campaign and Best PR campaign. Awards categories will open for entries on Friday 1 March.

Also new for 2019, a high profile Advisory Committee has been put in place to help shape and steer the Awards and take them to the next level. Committee members include responsible tourism Professor Harold Goodwin, Ken Robinson CBE, Wellness Tourism Association President Anne Dimon and Kieron Dodd formerly of Telegraph Travel, Travel Weekly, News International and Great British Chefs. The Committee will be chaired by ITTAs founders Paul Nelson and Charlotte Alderslade.

Other categories available to enter which reflect the WTM London official events program, include Best in Wellness, Best in Responsible Tourism, Best in Adventure Tourism, Best in Food Tourism and Best in LGBT Tourism.

A final award for outstanding contribution to the Industry, nominated for by WTM London Media Partners, will be the ultimate finale to these show-stopping awards.

Organized by WTM London, with the support of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), along with an independent panel of expert judges, the awards will showcase the best in class of the global travel and tourism industry, in front of an audience of senior industry professionals.

International Travel & Tourism Awards, co-founder, Paul Nelson, said: “We are delighted to announce the return of the ITTAs in 2019 after such a hugely successful launch in 2018.

“The ITTAs are really the only opportunity to celebrate and reward those destinations and private sector companies who go above and beyond with their global campaigns and strategies and see outstanding results, which deserve to be recognized.

“WTM London is the perfect backdrop for this as more than 50,000 senior travel and tourism industry professionals from 182 countries are in London to conduct more than £3 billion in business deals.”

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